Articles by Meera Chindooroy
This week, England enjoyed the second step of the UK Government's roadmap out of coronavirus restrictions, with outdoor dining allowed and non essential retail reopened. As restrictions on social contact and business activity begin to lift, the Government has also indicated that emergency measures in the private rented sector will start to taper off from 1 June, as long as there are no further setbacks in lifting lockdown measures.
Last week the Government announced that the restrictions on enforcement of evictions would continue until the end of May. Deputy director of policy and campaigns Meera Chindooroy writes about NRLA proposals around how the backlog in the courts could be managed.
The NRLA continues to call for financial support in the sector to tackle rent arrears as a result of the pandemic.
In this blog deputy campaigns and policy director Meera Chindooroy explains what this would look like for landlords and tenants, and what the NRLA is calling for.
Despite some early speculation to the contrary, this week's Budget was a fairly neutral one for private landlords. Although the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, set out the beginnings of recovering Covid expenditure, individual landlords didn't see many changes to their tax burden. NRLA deputy director of policy and campaigns Meera Chindooroy writes about the key announcements.
The Government has launched its consultation on the next phase of energy efficiency measures in the private rented sector. They propose introducing new minimum standards in England and Wales, with properties needing an EPC rating of C or higher from April 2025 for new tenancies.NRLA deputy director of policy and campaigns writes about the consultation and what landlords need to know about Green Homes Grants, also launched today.
The courts will be reopening to hear possession cases from 24thÂ August, marking an end to the five-month long closure.Â The NRLA commissioned an independent survey of tenants in England and Wales, which found that 95 percent had either continued to pay their rent as usual, or had come to an arrangement with their landlord about payment.
As we see the beginning of the end of lockdown, thoughts are starting to turn to what the 'new normal' will look like. For student landlords, this includes a fundamental unknown - what will happen in the next academic year? Meera Chindooroy, NRLA deputy director of campaigns and public affairs takes a look at what September could hold for student landlords.